Nestled in an exceptional enclave of Portobelo National Park, El Otro Lado Private Retreat offers authentic, exclusive and custom-made experiences on the idyllic Caribbean side of Panama.
A lush rainforest, the turquoise sea, placid rivers, and a rich native history that’s culturally and ethnically diverse—Portobelo is a land that was trod upon by gold rushers, slaves, pirates, and merchants. Coveted by travellers nowadays, this quiet fishing village is having a cultural renaissance and in the middle of it is El Otro Lado Private Retreat.
Situated just over an hour’s drive away from Panama City, El Otro Lado Private Retreat will take you to a harmonious and dreamlike place. The colourful, artsy villas are equipped with all the comforts of modern life and beautifully decorated in a colonial style with Afro-Caribbean influences. Each one comes with a private porch overlooking Portobelo Bay.
The 110-hectare boutique hotel is deeply embedded in its local milieu, immersing guests in a rich riot of color and sensuality of the African culture while simultaneously contributing to the integral development of Portobelo through initiatives such as various workshops, the Congo arts and culture house and its own radio station.
On property, chefs bring Caribbean ingredients and colonial flavors together nightly, and guests can while away hours gazing over the infinity-edge pool, which appears to flow seamlessly into the pristine bay. There are also countless options to explore Portobelo national park and the kaleidoscopic coral reefs and untouched beaches surrounding the property.
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Treat your gorgeous globetrotters to a chic celebration at this beautiful Panamanian shelter, infused with a sense of culture, tradition and local arts. The ultimate combination of nature, design and luxury.